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October 15 — US Foreign Aid in the 21st Century: A View from Malawi

The average Americans thinks the US government spends as much as 30 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid. In fact poverty-focused aid is less than 1% of the federal budget. But what is used for? Is it effective? How could it be more effective?

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Field Update from the Front Lines: The Most Pressing Humanitarian Emergencies Today

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm

Marian University Theatre
3200 Cold Spring Road


Catholic Relief Services’ Caroline Brennan serves as a foreign correspondent from the frontlines of crises in some of the most devastated parts of our world, from the civil war in the Central African Republic to catastrophic typhoons in the Philippines.

Since 2012, Brennan has traveled frequently to the Syrian border to meet with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. In late 2013 and early 2014, she traveled to the Filipino islands struck by Typhoon Haiyan, and in 2014 also spent time with communities in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Brennan has worked across four continents and in 16 countries documenting people’s pursuits to overcome adversity and lead empowered lives—from Haiti to Ethiopia, from Afghanistan to Indonesia.

She was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and was among the first to go into the Darfur, Sudan refugee camps. She traveled on the “Peace Train” across the Democratic Republic of Congo after its civil war, and spent months in the areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. She was also based in CRS’ South Asia bureau in Delhi for three years.

Previously, Brennan worked with the United States Committee for Refugees in Washington, DC, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She was a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in western Ethiopia.

INDYthinks about … how to end human trafficking

On November 4th, Provocate, INDYthinks and other groups will facilitate new and innovative partnerships to stop human trafficking at home and in other countries. Explore new ways to raise support for concrete projects helping victims of trafficking and preventing this sort of abuse all together. Brainstorm about how alternative spring breaks and short-term mission trips can have a uniquely positive impact. We’ll help connect those who are passionate about ending trafficking to volunteer and employment opportunities.

#UpReach: Effective Social Media Strategies

Extend your reach through social media. We will teach cutting-edge social media strategies to optimize your time using congregate services like HootSuite, ensuring your notifications are pushed to your followers, basic writing/image tips, and participating in our collective content calendar.

Free Online Tool Belt: Making Collaboration Easier

The Latino Youth Collective will offer instruction on the free Google Apps suite including Docs, Hangouts, and OnAir as well as free project/client management tools Asana and Creo.

Distinguished Speakers dinner with Dalitso Kubalasa

The October 15th ICWA Distinguished Speaker was Dalitso Kingsley Kubalasa, the executive director of the Malawi Economic Justice Network. 60+ people listened as Mr. Kubalasa discussed how recent changes in the way the US government delivers foreign aid has shaped development efforts on the ground in Malawi.

Erin Lang’s “1.8 million minutes”

On October 8, more than 300 people joined together at Butler University to show support for the family of Abdul Rahman Kassig and the cause that drove him to risk his life in Syria. Kassig set up a nonprofit in Syria to help the world’s worst refugee crisis. Provocatrix Erin Lang has set up Benga International to help provide education to the children of Syrian refugees. She was asked to kick off the event with thoughts about the issue that motivated Abdul Rahman Kassig.

Congratulations to Provocatrix Erin Lang!

One of the best conferences for international relations junkies is the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference in DC. A few scholarships are offered to exceptional college students who are nominated by local world affairs councils. For the first a scholarship winner is from Indiana, and she’s one of ours. Erin Lang is one of the founding members of INDYthinks, and a proud member of Team Provocate.

European events

The crisis in the Euro-zone, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the boom and fragility of Central European economies, the future of Germany … these and other European topics will be discussed this fall.

Africa conversations

Learn about Africa, talk about Africa, listen to African music and eat African food. Meet Africans and friends of Africa.

IU Robert H McKinney law school

On the IUPUI campus, the McKinney Law School hosts talks by world-renowned legal scholars (many of them McKinney School faculty).

Talking with Fran Quigley this fall

Provocate is hosting the release of a new book by Fran Quigley on September 25 at the Athenaeum. But don’t panic if you miss this talk … Fran is talking several times this fall, and every talk will be worth attending.

Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts

The JCC’s 16th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, filmmakers and performing and fine artists. This year’s Festival of Books is Tuesday, October 28 through Saturday, November 15, 2014.

talk @ the Hall

The Hall is the planning hub for Plan 2020. It’s where ideas connect. The Hall served as the Indianapolis City Hall from 1910 to 1962. In addition to housing Plan 2020, The Hall also provides meeting and gathering space for the public and a gallery of community-based initiatives.

Plan 2020 Friday Forums

Find out what’s happening in Indy. Every Friday at noon Plan 2020 will host a presentation highlighting community projects and initiatives taking place around Indianapolis. Friday Forums are an opportunity for Plan 2020 to reinforce and highlight what other plans have stated and worked towards. These initiatives will be integrated and vetted during Plan 2020’s planning process to create a comprehensive implementation strategy

[art] = 100 acres of equinox

To celebrate summer turning into fall, the IMA is taking it outdoors and offering art that goes beyond just the eyes. Sound collages, original music, kinetic sculptures, the smell of the trees and the taste of autumn in the air. And the smell and taste of food trucks. As is always the case, the turning of the seasons with the IMA is an experience that will not be replicated.

[dance] = Danish Punjabi + GHDT

September 20th ” Indian culture is alive in Indianapolis, Indiana. And everyone can experience it on Sept. 20. With music and dance, Christel House, and Anita Lerche and Gregory Hancock, will bring India’s vibrant culture to Indianapolis audiences.”

Social justice in September

How to get your transformational energies flowing in September? Get ready to be moral on Monday with a movie and a weekend of workshops. Embrace the cause of environmental justice. Fight hunger in Indy and around the world. And that’s just a start.

Why attend Domestic Decisions 2014?

Like hundreds of groups around the country, the Mid North Shepherds Center runs the Great Decisions series every spring. Eight issues of urgent important for foreign relations. The Mid North Shepherds Center is the only …

Karen Kovacik: why travel to “Distant Lands”

Karen K gives 5 reasons you should be at Indy Reads Books for a readers’ performance “Distant Lands,” of her translation of Polish poetry:

  1. One of the imaginary “poets” will be in swimwear.
  2. My colleague Ben Van Wyke does a hilarious “Schizus Christus.”
  3. How many ever met a poet named “Eros XL”?
  4. It’ll be a lot of fun!
  5. It will support Indy Reads!

Lisa Marchal’s 4×4 Report from the RESULTS International Conference in DC

Every year RESULTS (and its partner the RESULTS Educational Fund) organize an International Conference brings together more than 400 grassroots activists from around the world to advance anti-poverty efforts in the U.S. and globally. The conference is an opportunity for activists to hear from world-class speakers, get the most up-to-date legislative and policy information, and hone their advocacy skills in preparation for a day of Capitol Hill and World Bank advocacy.

The Right to Love Then and Now

Kathy Pataluch imagines a world where every person can marry the person they love.